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Google’s crowdsourced ‘Miss Ko Na’ debuts with live performances by Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Kjwan, and Ebe Dancel


 The crowdsourced OFW song ‘Miss Ko Na‘ was finally launched and debuted with powerhouse performances by Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Kjwan, and Ebe Dancel – minus the live appearance of YouTube sensation Mikey Bustos at KPub BBQ in BGC last Tuesday, September 1. The artists worked together to put melody and structure to the answers to Google’s question “Anong namimiss mo sa Pilipinas?” (“What do you miss most in the Philippines?”) Google asked for submissions from OFWs using Google Forms and on their social media accounts using the hashtag #GoogleMissKoNa, which were then used as lyrics to the song. The “Miss Ko Na” music video is […]

OFWs appeal to Bureau of Customs new Balikbayan Box Tax Rule


 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the globe and their families in the country are appealing to the Bureau of Customs headed by Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to stop implementing new Balikbayan Box Tax Rule where customs officials are allowed to open and inspect incoming balikbayan boxes for taxable goods. This new rule, according to the Customs Chief Lina will prevent the abuse on sending items that ‘can well may be used for commercial purposes.’ “The contents of a balikbayan box must not exceed US$500.00 in value. Canned goods, grocery items and other household effects must not exceed a dozen a kind, while apparel, […]